Action Express Likely Cutting Back To One Car

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Action Express Racing does not expect to field two cars in 2020 during the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. (IMSA Photo)
Action Express Racing does not expect to field two cars in 2020 during the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. (IMSA Photo)

DENVER, N.C. – Action Express Racing has confirmed the team expects to field only one prototype entry during the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi.V.R will be co-driven by 2018 IMSA Prototype champion Felipe Nasr and 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Pipo Derani for the full 2020 season schedule, with the team expecting to finalize the driver roster for the endurance events in the coming weeks.

However the team’s second car, which is currently driven by multi-time IMSA champion Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque, is not expected to return next season.

“Action Express racing has fielded two cars in every event since 2011,” said team owner Bob Johnson. “Beginning in 2020, it is likely that Action Express will become a single car team. We have worked for many months to find ways to remain a two car team. To be fair to all involved, we must report that the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac will probably be the single entry as managed by Action Express Racing in 2020.  We want to thank all of our fans and every one of our great drivers, partners and crew members that have supported our two car team along the way.”

Barbosa has been a part of Action Express Racing since the team’s inception in 2010, when the squad won the Rolex 24 in their debut race. Albuquerque joined the team for the first time in 2016 before going full-time in 2018.

Action Express captured the 2014, ’15, ’16 and ’18 IMSA team and driver championships, as well as five-straight IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup titles from 2014 through 2018.